Chinatown Stabilization Campaign

Boston Chinatown is both a residential, working class neighborhood and the social, cultural, political, and economic center of the broader Chinese community of New England.

Chinatown’s land base has eroded for 50 years, housing is overcrowded, traffic is gridlocked, and its future is threatened by overdevelopment and gentrification.  In 2013, the number of luxury units in Chinatown and the surrounding area is set to triple.

To ensure Chinatown’s future as the social, political, economic, and cultural center for the Chinese community, the Chinatown Stabilization Campaign is focused on stabilizing the working class residential core of Chinatown as the neighborhood grows and diversifies. We seek to strengthen the voice of ordinary Chinatown residents in order to unite and lead the broader community in determining Chinatown’s future.

  • Tenant organizing to keep people in their homes and community.
  • Working for community-driven planning and development.
  • Coalition-building for policies that stabilize working class neighborhoods and reclaim our right to the city.

We helped bring citywide attention to the “affordability gap” in affordable housing and retarget the Inclusionary Zoning program to serve Boston residents.  We worked with tenants in ten Chinatown developments, totaling 700 units, to help them stay in their homes and improve their quality of life.

We helped to establish Chinatown’s first resident association, which went on to win city government recognition as an advisory “neighborhood council” and increased affordable housing concessions through high-profile organizing campaigns.

In 2001, our youth program started the campaign to restore the Boston Chinatown Branch Library, which was destroyed in 1956 during the process of constructing Interstate 93. CPA has continued to support the Chinatown Lantern Committee’s efforts for a library.  The Chinese Youth Intiative have produced a video to educate and inform the public about the campaign for a Chinatown Library.

We also work with the Boston Jobs Coalition to ensure that residents have access to good construction and permanent jobs created by development in the community.

We work to:

  • preserve the working class, family neighborhood
  • unite residents and ordinary community members around a vision for Chinatown’s future
  • build residents’ grassroots organizing capacity and political mechanisms to change the community’s balance of power
  • develop new community leadership which stands for the interests of the majority
  • organize for greater community control of development and for Chinatown’s growth
  • educate and organize residents for a healthy urban environment


July 18, 2016

Criminalization of People of Color

For people of color and working families, public safety is a major concern, particularly in tough economic times. But proposals to increase immigration enforcement or to indiscriminately lock up third-time offenders for 25 years do more to target and victimize people of color and immigrants than to truly improve public safety. Those who benefit most are private corporations connected to the prison industry. Asian Americans suffer along with Latinos and other people of color from the culture of criminalization, as we are treated as alien suspects within our own communities. But Asian Americans are less likely to be targets of police violence than Black Americans, who are killed on a daily basis. As people of color whose pathway to justice has so often been paved by the Black-led Civil Rights Movement, we have a responsibility to stand up for justice today and to building the movement of #Asians4BlackLives.

April 22, 2016

Joint Statement on Peter Liang Sentencing

We are outraged that Peter Liang has escaped accountability for killing Akai Gurley. For more than a year, Akai Gurley’s family has been courageously speaking out to demand justice for their loved one. Judge Chun’s sentencing decision today is an insult to Akai Gurley, his family, and all victims of police violence. Any amount of jail/prison time is a brief snippet of time compared to the lifetime Akai Gurley’s young daughters will have to live without their father. The sentencing sends the message that it is okay to kill innocent and precious lives, as long as it is done by a police officer.

September 28, 2015

CPA Is Hiring!

CPA is hiring for two Organizers. Please read job posting for more information on the position and how to apply.